Thursday, November 28
It's that time of the season again when the sounds and smells of the holidays fill the air.
Residents show off styles, decorations as Rotary fund-raiser
For people who haven't had enough time or ideas to arrange their homes to June Cleaver's satisfaction for the holidays, there is hope. The Craig Rotary Club will present the annual Holiday Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 7.
Moffat County and the City of Craig continue to move forward in preparation for the new Master Plan, which will update the original Master Plan adopted in 1982 by the county.
Postmaster offers tips for getting gifts out on time, unharmed
Nothing is more frustrating than taking the time to mail a Christmas gift that doesn't reach the recipient in time for the big day. But following a few simple guidelines established by the United States Postal Service should ensure that your packages arrive on time.
The conditions in Ashland, Ohio, on Saturday for the 2002 NCAA Division II cross country nationals weren't ideal for the normal breed. But the ice, snow and cold were just what the runners from Colorado teams, including Moffat County High School alumni Kelly Christensen and Emily Mortensen, were ready for.
Swim team returns 10 state qualifiers and boasts 14 seniors
For most of the 14 seniors on the Moffat County High School girls swim team, chlorine and friendships go together like sunscreen and summer.
The sick room
I'll just say Katie was sick and leave it at that.
A proposal to turn 23 acres of old sewer lagoon into a business park might find its way to the April 1 municipal ballot.
Old Man Winter has arrived, and to kick off the holiday season Craig residents can enjoy festive lights, caroling and community pride Saturday during the annual Parade of Lights sponsored by the Craig Lions Club.
Sheriff says commissioners could have used better communication
Both sides of a brewing feud between Moffat County commissioners and the sheriff's department say they agree on the need to cut next year's budget.
Unconventional class takes students to explore the outdoors
The P.E. 3 class at Moffat County High School is driving teacher Craig Mortensen up a wall as well as up a mountain, in a cave and through a canyon.
Employees unhappy with rate increase
Moffat County commissioners Wednesday approved across-the-board hikes in fees paid by county employees for health care coverage.
Tuesday, November 26
Support group encourages breast-feeding
A support group is coming to Craig for prospective mothers considering breast-feeding, and for mothers already breast-feeding.
The Craig Police Department is warning local businesses about a new telephone scam that may give callers access to customers' long distance lines.
It could have been a mistimed jump or misplaced toe touch, only the judges know.
Tuesday marked the unofficial start of the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball season as they laced up to play against someone other than their teammates.
Teachers and administrators chugged into the Sunset Elementary School gymnasium Monday afternoon and asked students to jump on a train the ACE Express.
Valley View Manor cited for 16 deficiencies by Colorado Department of Public Health
Alleged lack of proper care, including a failure to meet the medical, nursing, and psychological needs of some of its residents, might mean Craig could lose its only nursing home, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The city's debate over whether to give local bidders preference for city projects and equipment may soon come to a close.
Monday, November 25
The only thing that would have made Monday night's Moffat County High School football banquet better was if it was a little bit longer. Instead of the traditional team banquet sleeper, Monday night's gathering was a three-hour energetic celebration of the team's first playoff bid in four years.
The number of children in the United States who are overweight has tripled in the last three decades, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Next fall, the concept of "team" is going to be used at Craig Middle School a lot more than on just the playing fields.
City officials can't apinpoint cause of drop
Craig's September sales tax receipts dropped nearly 6 percent from revenues collected in the same month last year.
Craig Police say they're beefing up patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement statewide gear up for this year's 'Click It or Ticket' campaign.
Sunday, November 24
Last year Horizons Specialized Services in Northwest Colorado helped 68 families identify developmental delays and find necessary help for young children.
Local sampling site tests more than 4,000 animals this season
So far, 15 deer and four elk submitted at the sample removal site at the Craig Warehouse have tested positive for chronic wasting disease this season, said Vicki Weber, administrative assistant at the site.
Somebody forgot to inform the Craig Middle School basketball teams of the saying, "you win some, you lose some." The seventh- and eighth-grade teams extended their undefeated seasons with two wins apiece this weekend.
An once of prevention can keep off the pounds during the holidays
Odds are you're going to weigh more on Jan. 2 than you did on Thanksgiving Day.
Thursday, November 21
Personnel lodge complaints against management
A month after an agreement was signed between the county and library board to help settle employee disagreements the disputes continue, and library and county officials continue to disagree on the chain of command involved in settling those arguments.
City official considering new system
The Moffat County commissioners recently approved adoption of the International Building Code.
Opening night of 'Les Miserables' sets high standard for school performances
"Les Miserables" finally got out of the boardroom and on to the stage Thursday night at Moffat County High School.
The MCHS girls b-ball team is aware of its inexperience, but believes it's ready
As the five seniors on the Moffat County High School girls basketball team sat down to talk about the upcoming season, they came to a revelation.
Boys and girls are from the same planet
Two people in the grocery store told me what a good little boy I had.
Wednesday, November 20
This fall, Craig Middle School and Craig Intermediate School students have been cooking, exercising, writing, riding, stitching and investigating after school four days a week.
Rider back on bulls
After seven years away from the rodeo, Jim Holt anxiously waited for Craig cowboys Wes Hertzog and Dave From to pull up to his Baggs, Wyo., home.
Concerned Moffat County residents moved by a hot-button topic occasionally leave staff at the Moffat County Courthouse scrambling for more chairs at commissioners' meetings.
County officials mull over companies; employees may have to pay higher premiums
The company that provides Moffat County with its insurance is hiking its rates 20 percent and county employees might take it in the pocketbook.
Tuesday, November 19
Tape for stick $3 Shin guards $50 Shoulder Pads $100 Hockey Skates $300 Rocketing a puck past the goalie Priceless
Old and new members of the Moffat County High School National Honor Society were recognized in a ceremony Tuesday night at MCHS.
The rivalry on ice has been renewed.
For the first time last spring, Moffat County High School began an effort to gauge the climate and satisfaction of students, their parents and teachers at Moffat County High School.
By the end of 2005, Moffat County residents could be able to play in a reservoir that's 20-feet deeper and that holds 12,000 acre feet more water if everything goes according to plan.
Some people might have seen it as a miracle.
Plans call for greater audience capacity, new offices for commissioners
With full funding expected from a state grant to remodel the Moffat County Courthouse, county commissioners could begin meeting in a revamped room in the building's basement by next spring.
Before dress rehearsal practice began Tuesday night for Moffat County High School's production of "Les Miserables," a few of the cast members debated where they placed chronologically in schools putting on the performance for the first time this year.
Monday, November 18
Judge Joel Thompson Monday reduced a $100,000 bond for a Craig man who allegedly sexually assaulted his daughter over a 10-year period.
New membership could mean new future for organization
Of the more than 100 members in Northwest Colorado, the 12 members of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union who met Monday gave evidence of a dying organization but the decisions those 12 made may bring it back to life.
With new sites to be reviewed, administrator calls current proposal 'dead in the water'
Because hospital officials have agreed to explore other locations to build a new hospital, the rest of its plans are "dead in the water" for now, said The Memorial Hospital Administrator Randy Phelps.
The same people whose cases fill court dockets could be asked to help boost the system financially in the face of potentially crippling budget cuts.
I hate to brag but two weeks ago I proved that I've still got it.
Rider makes commitment to win, and does just that
As Dave From arrived at the Senior National Rodeo Final in Reno, Nev. Oct. 28, his task was simple. Survive and he would win his first World Championship in the 40-50 age group of saddle bronc riding.
Sunday, November 17
Eighth grade beats Steamboat, 50-29, Rangely, 46-24
The Craig eighth-grade boys basketball team knew going into the season that it was the tallest and quickest basketball team in its league. The key to winning for the Bulldogs was going to be teamwork and unselfishness.
Craig resident Dalton Carr dealt with death threats, criminals, charging bears now faces greatest challenge
At first it's hard to believe all of the stories Dalton Carr, 67, tells about his life.
In 2001, the energy industry accounted for more than $6 million dollars in revenue for Moffat county.
Seventh grade close with Steamboat in 38-33 win
The post players for the Craig Middle School seventh grade A-team can't be stopped, either.
If people own a piece of property, but don't own the mineral rights below the surface, the mineral owner has a right to mine what's under the land.
Police interviewing possible suspects
Craig police are still piecing together facts from a Thursday incident during which a man allegedly fired a weapon at a passing motorist in a trailer park on the southeast side of the city.
In front of more than 100 people on both sides of the oil and gas drilling issue, Moffat County Natural Resources Director Jeff Comstock tried to emphasize what he saw as the importance of drilling in Moffat County.
Thursday, November 14
Tipping the scales in the school of hard knocks
A semi-intent cleaning of some hidden corner in the office and all of the sudden a dusty, but nearly new copy of the 1970ish "A Parents' Guide to Child Safety" landed on my desk with a thump and a laugh.
While an investigation continues into September's crash of an ultralight glider at Craig Municipal Airport, a spokesman with the Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday that federal flight rules were violated in the incident.
In his first at bat as a freshman for Moffat County High School, Jerod Estey hit a home run. Fourteen home runs and almost three years later the MCHS senior has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Nevada Las Vegas to play baseball.
Nobody could follow in Marilyn Bouldin's footsteps, several officials with the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association said Thursday.
Workshops to be held throughout the day on variety of topics
Energy development is a priority in Northwest Colorado but many residents and private landowners are not informed about what rights they have to participate in crucial decisions made on public and private land, said organizers of a conference coming to the Center of Craig Saturday.
Moffat County High School speech team finds success in competition, classroom
They practice hard every day. They compete every month. They are funny, sad, bitter, satirical, and they are, in their own words, different.
The Moffat County High School athletic teams provided ample excitement on the field, course and court this fall.
Wednesday, November 13
Hamon Research-Cottrell did back out of an agreement with Antelope Construction for its portion of upgrades to the Craig Power Plant but only because the local firm couldn't meet its obligations, said Jeff Antonelli, the HRC's vice president of human relations.
County officials are having preliminary discussions on adopting a new ordinance because Shadow Mountain residents are complaining that their neighborhood is being overrun with cats.
After about an hour of listening to residents' concerns about the proposed location for a new hospital Wednesday night, hospital board members succumbed to the complaints.
Nate Balstad, a former high school shop teacher, now says he puts at least some of those creative energies into cooking.
Representatives of the group that funds many local non-profits say Robin McKenzie's embezzlement of more than $38,000 from two Craig agencies was a wake-up call to oversight boards across Moffat County.
Local rider wins seventh World Championship
If bronco rider Wes Hertzog keeps winning, Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill may soon be out of a job.
Tuesday, November 12
Steve Crisp, 15, had been on the ice to skate before, but he had never suited up in hockey gear.
Teacher Bill Ronis tells his nine students to get out their spelling books and instructs them each to open to a certain page.
As the season of fall sports comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Bulldogs of Moffat County High School its football team, cross country teams, soccer team, volleyball team and golfers.
The eighth -grade boys basketball team may have met its match.
The Moffat County commissioners want to hire an emergency medical services coordinator but several first responders in Moffat County still say it would be an unnecessary move.
The Moffat County commissioners want to hire an emergency medical services coordinator but several first responders in Moffat County still say it would be an unnecessary move.
City Council tables decision on sending a letter of support until wording is drafted
The Memorial Hospital staff and board members were accused of ignoring public input Tuesday night by a group of Craig residents who attended the Craig City Council meeting to oppose a request that the city offer a letter of support for a new hospital.
Marilyn Bouldin, director of community care with Craig's Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, has been hired by Colorado Northwestern Community College to lead the school's new nursing program.
Monday, November 11
A request from Moffat County High School to change potentially offensive content in the high-school version of "Les Miserables" has been received and will be approved, John Prignano, senior vice president of Music Theatre International, said Monday.
Local gymnastics team finds balance
A gymnast's view of the world is upside down at least during free time at practice.
With coffers bolstered by generous area businesses giving, Moffat County United Way is on pace for a record-setting, fund-raising drive, officials with the group said Tuesday.
After spending $66,143 on software to eliminate duplication of record keeping between the Moffat County Sheriff's Department and the Craig Police Department in 1999, the two agencies are budgeted to spend $78,000 over the next four years to replace it.
A lagging economy hits TMH for $2 million in unpaid care
A less-than-healthy economy has left Colorado hospitals with a $3 billion tab for patients unable to pay their bills in 2001, said Randy Phelps, administrator for The Memorial Hospital in Craig.
Judge Joel Thompson has submitted his resignation to the Colorado Supreme Court, indicating he'll leave the bench nine days before his term was scheduled to expire.
Bill Ronis, teacher at Maybell Elementary School, quoted Colin Powell Monday on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Sunday, November 10
MCHS unable to stop outside run of Pueblo County
When the seniors on the Moffat County High School football team walked out of the visitor's locker room, it was visible that the season was over.
Plans to construct a new hospital include closing Russell Street and Craig City Council members have said they don't know enough about the potential impacts to make a decision.
A Moffat County landowner said a cellular communication tower is under construction on his property without his permission.
A key to having a thriving small business is keeping a customer happy so he or she does not walk out and go to Wal-Mart, said Ken Farmer, director of the business assistance center at Colorado Northwestern Community College-Craig.
Items and oddities offer glimpse of the past
The White River Museum in Meeker houses an array of artifacts and oddities documenting the history of settler life in Northwest Colorado.
Power plant workers could vote to join union
Members of the Western Colorado Trades and Labor Organizing Committee and two employees of Hamon Research-Cotrell will travel to Denver Wednesday for a hearing before the National Labor Relations Board that could result in the remaining employees voting on whether to join a union.
Heated for comfort after possible contamination in a biological weapons attack, Moffat County's grant-funded and recently arrived hazardous materials storage trailer includes his and her showers.
Thursday, November 7
Trick or treat or something like that
I worked pretty hard to teach my little ladybug to say "trick or treat." I got "trick." I even got "treat peez," but try as I might, I couldn't get her to string them together.
After the ballots were counted, "the boss spoke," as Darryl Steele would say.
A grant proposal backed by the Craig Chamber of Commerce aims to pump new life into youth-business mentoring efforts hurt in recent years by federal budget cuts.
The itinerary for the Moffat County High School Saturday reads as follows: 8:30 a.m. Breakfast at hotel 9:45 a.m. Depart for Pueblo 11 a.m. Arrive at Pueblo County High School 1p.m. Beat Pueblo County High School
Raftopoulos, Hampton say 'bitter opposition' toward Steele did not exist
After the news was in that he would be the new Moffat County commissioner, Darryl Steele said on election night that he was confident he could work for the "better good" of Moffat County with the current commission even though it "bitterly" opposed him in this election.
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Michael Bender has been appointed chairman of the 14th Judicial District's nominating commission, which will review applicants for the position to be vacated by Judge Joel Thompson.
California resident Dave Krawchuk has come to Craig to hunt for the past four years.
Wednesday, November 6
Is it wrestling season already?
Until this week, 10-year-old Jordan Wilson and 11-year-old Cole DuBois had never met a National Hockey League player. By Friday, they will have spent more than 12 hours with one.
AmeriCorps, a national program whose mission is to provide people to help non-profit organizations, is offering funding for an AmeriCorps member to one of its affiliates, Moffat County Partners in Craig.
Toxicology reports regarding a Craig man killed in a Wyoming traffic accident show a blood-alcohol content of .15, said Lt. Bill Morse, a Wyoming highway patrolman.
The end is in site for NC Telecom and the last leg of a high-speed telecommunications project covering Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, NC Telecom's Rick Heming told a meeting of the Yampa Valley Economic Development Council Wednesday.
Hospital employee allegedly tampered with pain medication
A nurse with The Memorial Hospital suspected of tampering with patients' pain medication will be the subject of a Craig Police Department criminal investigation.
Ray Zentz, the Moffat County High School choir instructor, quoted an old expression Wednesday.
Tuesday, November 5
If the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams had any questions about their ability, handily winning three out of four games Saturday against Steamboat Springs affirmed that they are capable of playing well.
Like voters statewide, Moffat County residents are in favor of campaign finance reform, but that is the only change they want to see made to the Colorado Constitution this year.
Once an elected official has served two four-year terms, it's time for a change.
Thompson to be replaced; James to continue on the bench
Joel Thompson, 14th Judicial District court judge, became the fifth judge to be voted out of office since Colorado implemented retention votes for judges in 1990.
MCHS kickers split time between soccer and football team
Sometimes when a yellow flag flies onto the field in a Moffat County High School football game, junior Brad Hurd will turn to the person he's sitting next to and ask, "Now what was that flag for?"
No new taxes.
Candidate gears up for state House assistant majority leader run
A winner in the race for the House District 57 seat on Tuesday, Republican Al White is gearing up for the week's second race on Thursday.
"Well honey, we don't have to move."
Al White, winner in the race for state House District 57, seemed to put it best: "It's a good night to be a Republican."
Local residents want a more conservative and fiscally responsible local government, Darryl Steele said as the final numbers trickled in Tuesday night showing him as the landslide victor in the District 3 race for Moffat County commissioner.
Monday, November 4
Moffat County commissioners give more than $1,800
If money talks, the Moffat County commissioners and their families speak for Republican Party candidate Jean Stetson, according to recently filed financial reports.
Judge Joel Thompson this morning set a three-day jury trial for May to hear a lawsuit brought against the city of Craig in the near drowning of a five-year-old boy at the city's pool last year.
A kitchen fire burned through the floor of a house west of Craig Monday night.
Be sure that desperate young Johnny needing quick cash over the telephone for an emergency is really a Johnny that you know.
As both a sports fan and writer, I had two sad realizations this weekend.
Unofficial election results
Updated at 11:15 p.m. Unofficial results Total votes counted: 4,617
Sunday, November 3
Voters to speak their minds on local candidates tomorrow
The past month has been filled with debates, forums, mud-slinging television ads and letters to the editor, but that's all over.
A fire damaged a coal-feeding conveyor belt Monday at Craig Station, keeping a 408 megawatt-generation unit off-line and sending three workers to the hospital.
Local candidates answer questions on a variety of issues right before Election Day
Count on Referendum 4A as being one of the few proposed tax increases that T. Wright Dickinson will stand behind.
A Craig family is seeking unspecified damages against the city in the near drowning of their five-year-old son on July 4.
Turnovers, mental mistakes make comeback unreachable in Battle of the Bulldogs
As Moffat County High School sophomore offensive lineman Mike Babb walked off the field with 7.2 seconds remaining in the MCHS/Palisade football game he looked up and said, "Too little, too late."
In 1994 voters statewide passed an amendment to the Colorado Constitution that put term limits in place for elected officials.